En Provence, France, 1955.
Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani and Peter Mokaba at a South African Communist Party rally in 1990.
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis).
Inhabitants of lakes and marshes for nearly 80 million years, grebes require long takeoff runs across water to become airborne. Having relatively small wings in proportion to their body weight, they must build up sufficient speed to rise and take flight.
During migration, grebes can mistake wet roads or parking lots for rivers, land on them, and become stranded. Due to the far back positioning of their legs, even just standing on land is incredibly awkward.
If you happen to find a grounded grebe in need, please call your local wildlife authorities!
Paul, Mary and Heather McCartney, Scotland, 1970
© Linda McCartney